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, once used by the late dr. martin luther king, flown from atlanta to d.c., hand delivered for tomorrow's ceremony. just how significant are the bibles used during inauguration ceremonies? and a story that weighs in. >>> plus, predicting that the president's second-term poll slice fail. you won't believe the number of folks who say that. we are talking the left and the right. next. so...how'd it go? well, dad, i spent my childhood living with monks learning the art of dealmaking. you've mastered monkey-style kung fu? no. priceline is different now. you don't even have to bid. master hahn taught you all that? oh, and he says to say (translated from cantonese) "you still owe him five bucks." your accent needs a little work. see lioutdoors, or in.ight. transitions® lenses automatically filter just the right amount of light. so you see everything the way it's meant to be seen. maybe even a little better. visit your eyecare professional today to ask about our newest lenses, transitions vantage and transitions xtractive lenses. experience life well lit. ask which transitions adaptive lens is
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, the inauguration also comes on the federal holiday in honor of dr. martin luther king, jr., who delivered his "i have a dream" speech 50 years ago, not far from here at the lincoln memorial. later in our special coverage, we will air excerpts of some of dr. king's less often played speeches, including "beyond vietnam." why he opposed the war in vietnam. but first, we turn to some of the voices of hope and resistance from sunday night's piece ball. not affiliated with any political party, the celebration at the mead center for american theater paid tribute to the continuing struggle for peace and justice here in the united states and throughout the world. we begin with naacp president benjamin jealous. >> this is the place to be tonight. the challenge for our country was never to see the day when a person of color would be president, know the challenge for our country was to ensure that it would be safe for it to happen again and again. we knew it could be condoleezza rice. it could be colin powell. but we got barack obama. we got a man who was a product of a progressive movement. as we stand her
admiration for on an mlk day, president clinton making a reference to dr. king during his speech. >> 34 years ago, the man whose life we celebrate today spoke to us down there at the other end of the small -- this mall in words that move the conscious of the nation. like a profit of old, he told of his dream that one day, america would rise up and treat all of its citizens as equals. before the law and in the hearts. martin luther king's dream was the american dream. his quest is our request. the ceaseless striving to live out our troops greeted. our history has been built on such dreams and laborers. and, by our dreams and laborers, we will redeem the promise of america in the 21st century. >> from 1997, to a live view of washington, d.c. to the area around where the presidential parade will take place. reference to dr. martin luther king. one could suspect the president will make an even longer reference tomorrow. >> i would think so. tomorrow is particularly historic, in civil rights history. 50 years ago that dr. king made his "i have a dream" speech on the mall. 50 years ago, the assassi
. today, of course, the national holiday honoring dr. martin luther king, jr. a wreath laying ceremony was held on sunday at the memorial for the civil rights leader on the national mall. among the dignitaries and celebrities on hand were martin luther king iii, reverends alsharpton and jesse jackson. sharpton called the dr. king day and inauguration weekend and intersection of history. what a nice day it was outside for that too. got up to like 61,. >> yesterday was gorgeous. >> certainly not what we expected. >> i think everybody was presently expected to the up side on yesterday's daytime high. it was a good 10 degrees warmer than most of the forecasts were expecting. today will be in the mid-40s. if you are leaving had head downtown in the next hour or two, it is cold. temperature have fallen back in the mid-30s. check out dulles and bwi marshall. both freezing or even colder. going to an an interesting day. i think we'll start the day with some sunshine. as we get into the afternoon hours, we'll have this arctic front approaching from the north and west. it is truly an arctic boun
of a saint dressed in the skin of a baby boy by the name of martin luther king, jr. and while dr. king's legacy has been most accurately described in terms of his nonviolent pursuit of civil rights, some unfortunate and deluded individuals have tried to claim that a gun appreciation day this coming weekend will somehow honor the great man's legacy. it's such nonsense that it's hardly worth the time refuting. but as the president now reflects upon recommendations from his gun violence task force, there are some words of dr. king that seem particularly pertinent. in his famous letter from birmingham jail written in 1963, dr. king spelled out the perennial danger of doing nothing because doing something may be difficult. as we continue to remember those 20 children and 6 staff members who were shot and killed at that elementary school in newtown, connecticut, let's heed the words of dr. king. we will have to repent in this generation, he wrote, not merely for the hateful words and actions of the bad people, but fohe
in 1997 and president clinton making a reference to dr. king in his speech. >> 34 years ago, the man whose life we celebrate today, spoke to us down there, at the other end of this mall. in words that moved the conscious of a nation. like a profit of old, he told of his dream that one day america will rise up and treat all its citizens as equals before the law and in the heart. dr. martin luther king's dream was the american dream. his quest is our quest. our history has been built on such dreams and labors. and by our dreams and labors we will redeem the promise of america in the 21st century. host: from 1997, to a live view here in washington, d.c. in the area around where the parade will take place following the presidential address. he made that reference to dr. martin luther king and one will expect that the president will make a longer reference tomorrow. guest: i think so. i think tomorrow is historic moment in civil rights history. it was 50 years ago that dr. martin luther king made his "i have a dream" speech on the mall. 50 years ago was the assassination of john f. kennedy , th
: and look for an acknowledgement of dr. martin luther king's vision on the day we honor the civil rights leader, a coincidence of timing that's not lost on the nation's first african american president. now, the speech was finalized over the weekend, but the president often makes final word changes up to the very end, and this time was no exception. i'm told that he made tweaks this morning, in fact. the president, i'm told, will speak for under 20 minutes. by reading prior inaugural addresses, he decided the shorter, the better. his last address was just over 18 minutes. his favorite two past inaugurals were kennedy's, which ran just under 14 minutes, and, of course, lincoln's second, which at 700 words, had to be fewer than ten minutes. i'm told president obama had a quiet breakfast with the first lady and his daughters before going to church. anderson? >> let's talk about it with john king and gloria borger. what are you anticipating, john, hearing today? >> i think broad strokes. time to bring the country together. time to get through the tough economic times. i think it will be a ca
. we must continue to fight. it took the dr. kings, the rosa parks, to make it possible for us to have an open america. it took those that fought for gender equality and gay and l z lesbian rights and labor rights to open up america, it takes those of us now to continue to fight. we have gone through a turbulent time, we've gone through turbulent history. but we've not arrived yet. when you fly, you don't get off the plane when you get out of turbulence, you get off once you've reached your destination. until we get to the destination of this country, this nation living up to its creed, it will not be time for us to dislodge those that do what is necessary to keep this nation moving forward, both in office and those that are out of office and in the streets of this nation raising issues. that's what king day is about. that's what the victory of b arksz barack obama is a victory of. thanks for watching. a special live edition of "hardball" starts right now. >>> well, welcome, good evening, i'm chris matthews live from the news room in washington wra i've been all day. it's been a day o
day. it's not just dr. king's birthday celebration, but it's also the 50th anniversary this year of his historic speech during the march on washington, the "i have a dream" speech. and since this president been elected, there is a memorial to dr. martin luther king jr. on the mall. it's not just abraham lincoln or washington or jefferson or roosevelt but also standing nearby martin luther king jr. and it says something for our nation that we're going to create a beloved community, we're going to create a society that is free of racism and bigotry and no one will be left out or left behind. doesn't matter whether you're black or white lashgs tino, asian-american, native american. it doesn't matter where you're straight or gay. dr. king legacy is saying that we are one people, we are one family, we are one house. we make up the american house, the american family. >> amen to that, representative john lewis. thanks for your time. >> thank you. >> in a moment, the big three on how president obama can bridge the political divide in washington. ♪ [ slap! ] [ male announcer ] your fav
in washington with an annual wreath laying ceremony. >>> and many americans honor dr. king today by spending their holiday in a day of service, volunteering to help the needy. the park service pays tribute by offering free admissions to all 393 national parts today. the president and first lady saying there's no better way to honor his legacy than to help out the less fortunate. >>> the super bowl matchup is set. a family affair you could call the har-bowl, pitting jim harbaugh against his older brother, which i can't know, john, head coach of the baltimore ravens. >> going to be a good one. in the nfc, the 49ers overcame a 17-0 deficit against the dirty birds of atlanta. they finally locked it up for good in the fourth quarter when quarterback colin kaepernick found frank gore who rushed into the end zone. quite a game. >> in the afc, baltimore ravens quarterback joe flacco threw three touchdowns in the second half. the final blow was when the ravens' carey williams picked off tom brady in the end zone. it was the patriopatriot's firs playoff loss at home. >> and the super bowl in new orlea
celebrate the life of dr. martin luther king, jr.. my understanding there is statue of him just above and i wonder how that will play into matters today? >> that's right. president obama made reference in recent days feeling connection to dr. king 50 years ago. also to president lincoln, 150 years ago, and so, as part of the inaugurations, we've seen him use bibles from dr. king and also from president lincoln. there is a statue. there is a statue of dr. king in the capitol rotunda of dr. king. so, this martin luther king holiday, obviously takes on extra significance here in the rotunda. we'll watch obviously to see what the president may do throughout the course of his time here in the rotunda. shepard: mike, it was interesting to hear the matters the president brought up, came up throughout this day. we heard, a lot about climate change, the tragedy of newtown came up repeatedly, which clearly, news from the future i believe. from an agenda at least, from the president himself. those were two highlights along with ending the war and bringing the peace and coming together. a lot right the
's inauguration. we'll tell, but that. >> brian: we're celebrating the legacy of dr. martin luther king, jr., his niece is here live with how he might have solved the problem in america today. ♪ [ male announcer ] don't just reject convention. drown it out. introducing e all-new 2013 lexus ls f sport. an entirely new pursuit. introducing e all-new 2013 lexus ls f sport. i've got two tickets to paradise!l set? pack your bags, we'll leave tonight. uhh, it's next month, actually... eddie continues singing: to tickets to... paradiiiiiise! no four. remember? whoooa whooaa whooo! you know ronny, folks who save hundreds of dollars by switching to geico sure are happy. and how happy are they jimmy? happier than eddie money running a travel agency. get happy. get geico. fifteen minutes could save you fifteen percent or more. there's the sign to the bullpen. here he comes. you wouldn't want your doctor doing your job, the pitch! whoa! so why are you doing his? only yr doctor can determine if your persistent heartburn is actually something more serious like acid reflux disease. over time, stomach acid can
in 2009 during the inauguration. the second bible belongs to civil rights leader dr. martin luther king jr. king's son joins me now from washington. we're so glad you're here. >> thank you. i'm honored to be here today. >> you wrote an op-ed, even your description of the bible is touching. you say it's faded and some of the pages are torn. tell us how your father, dr. king, used that bible. >> well, number one, we found that when he was pastoring or preparing a sermon, his first sermon at the dexter avenue memorial baptist church, that he actually had markings where he actually designated certain things within the bible. we know that he traveled with the bible, derived inspiration from it. it certainly is worn and at tattered. but i think that shows how much he used it. >> you say you never thought the bible would be used again. why? >> you certainly could never imagine that it would be used in the capacity that it is going to be used on monday as the president accepts his oath of office which is quite phenomenal. we had it on display at the king center so that when people come, they can s
mall. tomorrow's presidential inauguration coincides with the day the nation celebrates dr. king's birthday. and when president obama takes the the earth of office, he will use a bible that will belonged to doctor martin luther king jr. >>> people from all walks of life, from all corners of the country, are going to be watching president obama take the oath of office for the second time tomorrow. and student president of clark atlanta university, tyler joshua green, remember that name, tyler joshua green, he will be one of them and he joins me now from atlanta, where he and 50 other students will get on a bus this evening to ride to washington. tyler, welcome. this is a huge moment in history. are you and your friends excited about being able to witness it? >> we are absolutely excited, ready to get on the bus and head down to see history in the making. >> yeah. did you vote last year and is this your first inauguration? >> this is my first time voting, my first inauguration and it's a wonderful opportunity to vote for someone that otherwise wouldn't have the opportunity to. so,
in washington with an annual wreath laying ceremony. dr. king's son, jesse jackson and actor jamie foxx were among those taking part. >>> and many americans honor dr. king today by spending their holiday in a day of service, volunteering to help the needy. the park service pays tribute by offering free admissions to all 398 national parks today. most schools, government agencies and stock markets are closed for this holiday. the president and first lady saying there's no better way to honor his legacy than to help out the less fortunate. so that's a great kind of theme for the day. >> absolutely. >>> the super bowl matchup is set. a family affair you could call the har-bowl, pitting jim harbaugh against his older brother, which i didn't know, john, head coach of the baltimore ravens. >> going to be a good one. in the nfc, the 49ers overcame a 17-0 deficit against the dirty birds of atlanta. they finally locked it up for good in the fourth quarter when quarterback colin kaepernick found frank gore who rushed into the end zone. final score, 28-24. quite a game. >> in the afc, baltimore ravens
second oath of office. we honor dr. martin luther king day, as well. president obama is a reflection of the accomplishments of this civil rights leader. there he is. you're watching "hardball," the place for politics. >>> we, the people, declare today that the most evident of truths, that all of us are created equal, is the star that guides us still. just as it guided our fore bearers through seneca falls and selma and stonewall, just as it guided all of those men and women, sung and unsung, who left footprints along this great mall to hear a preacher safe that we cannot walk along. to hear a king proclaim that our individual freedom is inextricably bound to the freedom of every soul on earth. >>> welcome back to "hardball," today, the president made subtle but clear note of the remarkable con influence that put the second inauguration of our first african american on the same day as the federal holiday marking dr. martin luther king's birthday. joining me now, the msnbc contributor, eugene robinson and author of barack obama, the story. let's start with you, david. and there's your
-- the conversation could not be more timely. i sell the time, quoting dr. king, that budgets are moral documents. you can say what you say, but you are what you are. we know who you are when you put your budget on the table. we can see what your budget priorities are. could not be more timely. we are days away -- it will be a big party on monday, but after monday as we move toward the debt ceiling conversations and the spending cuts get placed on the table, the poor are likely to take it on the chin. that is why we are here with in washington tonight having this conversation. our hashtag is #povertymustend. our website is afuturewithoutpoverty.com. you'll find a letter on that website -- you can electronically sign it asking the president to give a major public policy address on poverty sooner than later, and second to convene a white house conference on the eradication of poverty to bring experts to get into crafting national plan to cut poverty in half and eradicate it in the richest nation in the world. it is not a skill problem, it is via upawe have the will to the poverty a priority with in this
with the words "holy bible" etched into it. the king bible was dr. king's trebling bible. an avid reader, dr. king traveled with a selection of books that included this bible the president will be using. it was used for inspiration and preparing sermons. henry in huntington, west virginia, on our independent line. caller: i just wanted to call and say, really wish i could be in washington d.c. today. i have a lot of optimism about the next four years. i think mr. obama is doing a heck of a good job. he is getting a lot of his promises down. i hope the next four years are as good as the last. thank you for having me. host: eric in seattle, what do think about all this? -- do you think about all this? you always have to turn down the volume and dirty -- on your tv. in today's inaugural, you'll hear a lot from senator schumer. here he is explaining his role in today's inauguration. >> the hardest part is trying to make sure everybody, there will be a huge crowd, not as big as four years ago, but a huge crowd, they get to their places, their seeds or standing places. as you know, there were big
. king. this is dr. king's birthday too. when you think of dr. king and the new memorial for him, what do you think? >> i think of how far this country has come but i think of the need to continue the reconciliation of the first defect that was america's slavery. we still have a long way to go we're not yet race-aligned. poverty and race and poor education is still a very bad combination. we have a lot of work to be done, but, my goodness how far this country has come. >> secretary rice, thank you and we're so glad you're here. >> thank you. >>> and security is intense here in washington. with more than 6,000 officers on the beat. some of them are hiding in plain sight. we go behind the scenes. that's next on "cbs this morning." to the best vacation spot on earth. (all) the gulf! it doesn't matter which of our great states folks visit. mississippi, alabama, louisiana or florida they're gonna love it. shaul, your alabama hospitality is incredible. thanks, karen. love your mississippi outdoors. i vote for your florida beaches, dawn. bill, this louisiana seafood is delicious
on two bibles, president lincoln's and dr. martin luther king's, and this time, it was the president who seemed to swallow a word. >> the office of president of the united states. >> and will to the best of my ability. >> reporter: and then, the president's address, just shy of 19 minutes, with a theme of moving forward together. >> my fellow americans, we are made for this moment, and we will seize it, so long as we seize it together. together. together. together. >> reporter: the first president ever to include gays in his inaugural, while talking about the struggle for civil rights. >> for if we are truly created equal, then surely the love we commit to one another must be equal as well. >> reporter: the president insisting we address climate change, and on immigration, arguing we should welcome striving immigrants. >> until bright young students and engineers are enlisted in our work force, rather than expelled from our country. >> reporter: were there powerful performances, kelly clarkson's stirring rendition of "my country tis of thee." ♪ to thee we sing >> reporter: beyonce retu
saved the union and had to fight a war, but 100 years later, it was dr. martin luther king, who had to fight another war, a war of ideas and a war of values, look how we have progressed just from the 50 years of martin luther king. i became secretary of state. i became a chairman. as a kid in the south bronx section, unthinkable. and barack obama became president of the united states. >> you had stinging things to say about the republican party. an identity problem, you said. and that there are some people who seem to have a theme of intolerance. >> that's a broader definition of what i meant by intolerance. i think intolerance is when you try to keep people from voting. the republican party ought to be out there, not by restricting voting by requiring i.d., but wanting everybody to vote. you need new messages. new policies. the country is becoming more minority. >> have you heard a lot from that? a lot of people pushing back on you? >> most of the people i've heard from in the last week or so have been very, very supportive. but there are those who consider this the worst thing ima
more than anyone american history are dr. king and president lincoln so for me to have the opportunity to be sworn in using the bibles these two men that i admire so deeply on the 150th anniversary of the emancipation and 50th anniversary of the march on washington is fitting. >> for the official swearing in today, he use the the family bible that is for his wife's family. and vice president biden was sworn in a few hours before because justice sotomayor had to leave to catch a plane to be in new york city this morning for a book signing. i bet her book has gotten a push in sales after the talk about her going to the bush signing. >> her agent did a good job scheduling that. >> preview of the second term in tomorrow's inaugural address? >>reporter: he has big themes to focus on from the idea the nation should come together we have heard in many addresses before and a call to action saying citizens should still be engaged with the political system long after the campaign has ended. republicans are saying today they think other signs from the president such as the defiant tone at the new
figures i admire probably more than anybody in american history is dr. king and president lincoln. for me to have the opportunity to use the bible they used on the 105th anniversary of the emancipation proclamation and the 50th anniversary of the march on washington is fitting. their actions and the movement they represent are the only reason that it is possible for me to be inaugurated. it is also a reminder for me that this country has gone through tough times before but we always come out on the other side. we're constantly perfecting our union and making it more fair. we want everybody to have a fair shot in this country. if you work hard, you can make it. regardless of where you come from or what you look like. it is probably the most important thing to keep in mind when you are president of the united states. i will uphold my oath of office at the same time letting me remind people of the sacrifices of the past. from the presidential inaugural committee host: first lady michelle obama just turned 49 last week. she will have a big role during the next couple of days. here is take twe
down the mall toward lincoln's memorial where dr. king gave his most famous speech. to spell out the country his vision for the next four years. it is america's quadrennial celebration of the office of the presidency, the orderly transition of power, the luminaries, the singers, the salutes, the speech, the pomp, the circumstance, the second inauguration of president barack obama starts right now. >>> welcome to washington. it is chilly but frankly bearable outside as the country prepares to celebrate the peaceful maintenance of power, the transferns of power from the first term administration of president barack obama to his second term administration. the president was officially sworn in by chief justice john roberts yesterday at the blue room at the white house as the first lady and the obama daughters looked on. but in the little less than two hours the president will affirm that oath before a much larger crowd with 100% more pomp and an equal proportion of circumstance. we have a stellar group of guests joining us throughout the day. honestly, to cut to the chase, it is pre
also simultaneously have been the abortion president. dr. king, niece of the late dr. martin luther king, who had two abortions but is now solidly pro-life said in one of her speeches, and i quote her, my uncle matter-a dream. she said he dreamt that we would live out that which is self-evident, that all men are created equal. he called on america to turn from wrongs. today i call on all of us, dr. king says, regardless of nationality, race or religion to admit our wrongs and turn from them. i believe that the denial of the right to life is the greatest injustice we face in the world today. there is no compassion in killing, she sails. there is no justice in writing people out of the human race. history, mr. speaker, will not look favorably on today's abortion culture. we must indeed and instead work tirelessly to replace it with a culture of life. i would like to now yield to my good friend and colleague, macha blackburn, for such time as she may consume. -- marsha blackburn, for such time as she may consume. mrs. blackburn: thank you, mr. speaker, and i thank the gentleman from ne
'll come through the rotunda, walk by that bust of dr. martin luther king, jr., and then into statuary hall for a tradition that's the most exclusive lunch you can imagine. all of the nation's leaders, the president, the vice president, congressional leaders, supreme court justices, their spouses, they will all gather for a lunch to put politics aside for at least a brief moment. >> thank you very much, jan. >>> as we watch the president's motorcade approaching the capitol, let me give you a little bit of an advanced look on what you're seeing as the inauguration ceremonies proceed. as we mentioned, senator charles schumer of new york will be the master of ceremonies. he will have a short speech and then he will be introducing myrlie evers-williams, a former chair of the naacp and the widow of medgar evers. the naacp field secretary who was gunned down in 1963. one of the great heroes of the civil rights movement. myrlie evers-williams will be giving the invocation at the beginning of the ceremonies and then we will see justice sonia sotomayor who is one of the newer associate justices on t
proclamation, almost 50 years after the march on washington, dr. king delivered the i have a dream speech, it says something about the distance we have come, the progress we have made and for him to make a speech that was so inclusive, it was about black people, white people, asian americans, latino, native americans, straight, gay, that we're one people. we're one family. we are one house. we all live in the american house. >> well, about that last point, congressman, we want to let you go and enjoy your lunch, we all do live in the same house and there you are. you have gone from the struggle earlier in your life to a warrior in the house of representatives. you have got an anxious american public watching. a lot of them would really like to see some folks getting along in washington. what are the prospects for that? >> the prospects are very bright. we're going to continue to work together and pull together, to look out for the common good. one thing i have endured the past three years was a group -- taking democrats and republicans, blacks, whites, latinos, asian americans back to som
the president's hand on two bibles, president lincoln's and dr. martin luther king's. this time it was the president who seemed to swallow the words. >> the office of president of the united state -- >> and will, to the best of my ability. >> reporter: and then the president's address, with the theme of moving forward together. >> my fellow americans we are made for this moment. and we will see this as long as we see this, together. together. together. >> reporter: the first president ever to include in his inaugural and talking about the struggle for civil rights. >> for if we are truly created equal, the love we commit to one another must be equal as well. >> reporter: as the president made his exit, a pause turning around to take in his final inaugural moment one more time. a microphone picking up what he said. >> reporter: they look like so many american families do when they take in a parade. and we learned the family of the late dr. martin luther king asked the president and the chief justice sign the king family bible after the swearing in. and they did. david muir, abc n
of recognizes dr. king's birthday and commitment to that agenda. we were at the church service and the agenda i don't think i've seen a president do for civil rights leaders and later on had a private reception at the white house. >> how was his mood? >> very upbeat and hopeful. i think his speech was about him setting a tone for where he saw the rest of the century going. i don't think it was about four years for him. he's giving a vision. he thinks in terms, when he talks to us, about kennedy talking about the new frontier or johnson about the great society. i don't think everything he addressed yesterday was about everything he wanted to legislate, about where he sees the country going, his vision. >> an eye towards history. >> i think that's how he saw the inaugural address and he effectively did it. i think his specific of the next four years is the state of the union and his vision of "i had a cream." >> and what you said in the white house was illuminating. >> while you're drinking, everything i said was illuminating. >> amen. don't you wish that people in the pews could be drinking on t
. >> the reverend dr. martin luther king, jr., this of course being martin luther king, jr. day, the only the second time in history the presidential inauguration has fallen on mld day. first was the of inauguration of president bill clinton. and this is an important day for the obamas and so many who have come to witness the event here in washington. >> . >> bret: what a moment that is. what a moment to use the mlk bible among-- and the lincoln bible as well for the swearing in and this will be the 50th anniversary this year of the march on washington, you know, and the "i have a dream" speech and now we have our first black president and that's one thing americans of all colors felt so proud about four years ago and still do, the progress this country has made, speaking of lincoln and dr. king. >> bret: and he mentioned those moments as he looked down the mall in this speech today, and said, to hear a king proclaim that our individual freedom is inextricably bound to every soul on earth, marking that day as well. and to walk out with the house speaker and the house majority leader who he will have
more than anybody in american history are dr. king and president lincoln, so for me to have the opportunity to be sworn in using the bibles of these two men that i admire so deeply on the 150th anniversary of the emancipation proclamation, 50th anniversary of the march on washington, is i think fitting because their actions, the movements they represented, are the only reasons that it's possible for me to be inaugurated. > >> reporter: as the president reflects, he said he's also reminded this country has been through tough times before and always come out strong on the other side. jenna? >> this president gets it wouldo bibles. can you bring as many bibles as you want, mike? is there a limit? >> reporter: my understanding is yeah, you can essentially bring what you want. it's your moment, your opportunity to take the oath of office in front of the entire nation, and so you can go with what you want. >> wow. if you're going to pick two bibles, those are two good ones. >> reporter: absolutely. >> very interesting, mike. thank you. >> reporter: thank you, jenna. >>> as the pre
and legacy of dr. martin luther king and the president called on americans to do the same by helping neighbors in need. around the country an estimated quarter million people did he can exactly that. blocks from the white house they designated ways for people to serve the community regard lgs of age. >> this is a good job to give back to people who need our help. >> you want to give back and have people pay it forward. >> taking saefgs in giving back to others on this national day of service. >> speaking of service the president faces the official t oath of office in the white house. wbal-tv 11 news. >>> come night to be a night to recommend for four u.s. service members. take a look at this. one represented each military branch selected to dance at the inaugural ball. william nelson will dance with the president. the first lady will be joined by marine sergeant timothy easterly. the four were chosen to service accomplishments and leadership. >>> i am excited and nervous. of course i will be in front of thousands of people dancing. i will do my best. >> i was not prepared for all
, i'm not running because i think it's my turn. i'm running because of what dr. king called, "the fierce urgency of now." "the fierce urgency of now." >> throughout that year, the obama campaign assembled a nationwide network of dedicated volunteers, and they broke fundraising records by mastering the internet. early on obama trailed senator hillary clinton by large margins in national polls, and struggled against doubts and criticism. >> early on, supporting senator obama was a somewhat lonely position within the democratic caucus. it was a lonely position within the congressional black caucus. it will probably shock our children, uh and future scholars that the congressional black caucus lagged in support for the first black president of the united states. >> but obama believed that america was ready to support him, as the embodiment of a message of hope, unity, and change. especially young people, of all races and backgrounds, who were his most enthusiastic supporters from the beginning. >> thank you! what up? what up? what's been so inspiring is not just the size of the crowds
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